A bit more Gormenghast love. Because why not indeed. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Steerpike in the 2000 BBC adaptation.
Is Steerpike very small? Or is it a very large clock? Either way: glower!
Odalisque Lying (Portrait of Saadia) - Gaston Casimir Saint-Pierre
I think the internet would be a much nicer place if, before making any kind of user-generated content, you had to spend 60 seconds looking at a mandatory screencap of something you posted online ten years before.
Diatoms are the best and that’s all there is to it.
There’s a kind of magic in growing your own plants from seed. I’m not sure I can properly describe the satisfaction of it, the joy of it. Putting the seeds into the soil, watering them, letting them see the sun - and nothing happens. Every day, nothing happens.
Until one day, you check them, and there are little green shoots above the brown earth, and YOU DID THAT. You made that happen. This tiny, every-day miracle happened because of you.
My thinking of miracles is that they are the small magics that happen to us and that we take for granted, and the new growth in spring is the most perfect one I can think of. The way the wonderful science of anture turns water, sunlight, earth and a seed into a living plant.
Who’d have known that inheriting a giant pot plantation in Mexico would do so much for Caitlin’s sense of innocence and wonder?
Klari Reis’ The Daily Dish is back for 2013! A new petri dish painting every day of the year …
A little reason to look forward to each new day this year. Revisit her 2009 version of this project.
Anonymous asked: So if we wanted to watch some French animation, what films would you suggest?
the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.
A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.
Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.
the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.
The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.
Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.
A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.
The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.
Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.
But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well.
Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.
Great list, but…
You forgot La Planète sauvage!